Show: Remembering When

Episode: 868-083 Tom Corbett, Space Cadet

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Tom Corbett is the main character in a series of Tom Corbett — Space Cadet stories that were depicted in television, radio, books, comic books, comic strips, coloring books, punch-out books and View-Master reels in the 1950s. The stories followed the adventures of Tom Corbett, Astro, and Roger Manning, cadets at the Space Academy as they train to become members of the elite Solar Guard. The action takes place at the Academy in classrooms and bunkrooms, aboard their training ship the rocket cruiser Polaris, and on alien worlds, both within our solar system and in orbit around nearby stars.

TV is the medium where Tom Corbett first appeared. The stories initially closely followed the scripts written for the unpublished newspaper comic strip Tom Ranger, Space Cadet, by Joseph Greene from 1949. Tom Corbett is one of the few TV series to appear on all four networks of the time, along with The Arthur Murray Party, Down You Go, Pantomime Quiz, and The Original Amateur Hour:

CBS from October 2 to December 1950
ABC from January 1951 to September 1952
NBC from July to September 1951
DuMont from August 1953 to May 1954
NBC again from December 1954 to June 1955, with the final broadcast on June 25, 1955.

The science of the Tom Corbett universe was, in hindsight, wrong in many places. Mars was portrayed a desert, Venus was a steaming jungle, and the asteroid belt was a haunt of space pirates. Still, in those days long before space probes, the conventional wisdom was that, for example, Venus was a steaming jungle. Nevertheless, Tom Corbett — Space Cadet was the most scientifically accurate series then on television, partly due to its science advisor, Willy Ley, and later because Frankie Thomas took an interest in astronomy

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Date SD Episode Video Uploaded: Sunday, February 3, 2013 - 13:40

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